The Book Thief

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Nov 10, 2007 - Fiction - 593 pages
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor's wife's library, wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel's foster family hides a Jewish fist-fighter in their basement, Liesel's world is both opened up, and closed down. The Book Thief is a story about the power of words to make worlds. In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time. Join in the conversation about The Book Thief with #BookThief

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Very vivid imagery & a very interesting writing style. - Goodreads
He likes to say insightful thing and spoil endings. - Goodreads
The illustrations added wonderfully to the narrative. - Goodreads
I loved the books and pictures within the book. - Goodreads
The writing is poetic and moving. - Goodreads
Again, great writing style (in my opinion). - Goodreads

The best among my re-reads

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I have a list of books that i want to re-read. And a book seldom ends up here. Here's the top three list- 1.Harry potter series 2.The book thief 3.My sister's keeper And let me tell you, the book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine K - Goodreads

I was surprised that by the end, I loved this book. I rarely finish a book with the next thought being when can I read this again. The use of language was beautiful, the narrator choice unique, and the style of writing simple, yet creates a such a visual story for the reader. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Markus Zusak lives in Sydney with his wife, daughter and son. He has written five novels: The Underdog, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, When Dogs Cry, The Messenger and in 2005 The Book Thief was published. It has gone on to sell over eight million copies in thirty eight languages.

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